Senior writer and editor with over 18 years of experience in international journalism and editing. Author and respected authority on Southeast Asia politics and culture, with wide network of high-level government contacts throughout region. Borton is a journalist for Asia Times Online ( covering digital and print media developments in the region. He has also served as the director for Asia Pacific Projects for Foreign Affairs, published by the Council of Foreign Relations in New York. Borton has also been an Asia Pacific (Hong Kong –based) correspondent for The Washington Times.

He is a media advisor and consultant and advises West Virginia University’s School of Journalism in the development of a Center for the Study of Emerging Media in Vietnam. He has also been a former research fellow at the Hanoi School of Business focusing on ICT developments and the impact on media.

Integral to the launch of several periodicals including Venture Japan, and New Asia Review. Past research fellow at the Hong Kong-America Center at Chinese University, with expertise in media developments, ICTs, and Internet developments in the Asia Pacific region. He is actively engaged in research and writing on China’s media reforms. Experienced lecturer and published author, Venture Japan (Probus 1992).


Sailing his vintage 1960 Lightning Badjao, traveling anywhere along the Mekong and reading Joseph Conrad and Graham Greene.